Tuesday, September 21

Premier League, FA Cup, Old Firm and WSL: 10 Talking Points of the Weekend | Football


1) Moura responds in Mourinho’s hour of need

Lucas Moura’s place in Tottenham history was secured two years ago with his hat-trick against Ajax in the semi-finals of the Champions League. And yet, neither Mauricio Pochettino, his coach at the time, nor José Mourinho, his coach now, have been comfortable with making the Brazilian an automatic first choice in the way that Son Heung-min fulfills as the main secondary act. by Harry Kane. Mourinho should be a bit more grateful after the Brazilian’s contribution to a victory that has, for the moment, silenced any talk of Daniel Levy wielding the ax. It was Moura’s alertness that led to Carlos Vinícius’ goal by taking advantage of Emi Martínez’s error. An exchange of passes with Harry Kane prepared his Brazilian compatriot for a touch. Mourinho’s previous preference for the much more functional Steven Bergwijn can seem baffling when Moura provides such magic. Perhaps only in the midst of Tottenham’s current malaise is Moura up to the task. John brewin

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2) Jesus fails to assert himself while Agüero vanishes

It was a night of punishment for Manchester City’s top scorer. They needed a breakthrough and Pep Guardiola called up Riyad Mahrez first and then Kevin De Bruyne, but not Sergio Agüero. With each game, it seems more and more likely that his career in the city will end when his contract expires in the summer. All of which raises questions about the future of the other City forward. Gabriel Jesus may have owed his place on Saturday to Everton’s reputation as the scourge of Everton but, after seven goals in his previous six games against them, he was completely ineffective. Not for the first time, Guardiola’s offensive midfielder gang provided the incision instead. The decision for next season may revolve around whether to chase a superstar forward like Erling Braut Haaland or use a false nine as a preferred tactic for an entire season. Either way, Jesús, Aguero’s long-term understudy, seems likely to remain Plan B. Richard Jolly

3) Arteta can build her attack around Ødegaard

Mikel Arteta says he knows Arsenal’s summer transfer priorities and the main one seems obvious: signing Martin Ødegaard at all costs. No one knows exactly how excited Real Madrid is to retain the loaned playmaker, and if you’re watching his performances closely, it would seem implausible that they won’t want him back. Arsenal must fight tooth and nail for Ødegaard – it has taken him less than two months to become a core part of Arteta’s team, whose attacking game is unrecognizable for the terrible fare they were serving before Christmas. The Norwegian ties it all together and was the driving force behind his thrilling return to West Ham, raising the bar for everyone around him. “He commands the pressure and has been very influential,” Arteta said. How Arsenal would love for him to exert that influence over a period of years, rather than just the next two months. Nick ames

Arteta disputes Arsenal's draw with West Ham despite a three-goal comeback - video
Arteta disputes Arsenal’s draw with West Ham despite a three-goal comeback – video

4) Gilmour without sharpening against Blades

It hasn’t been easy for Billy Gilmour since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Chelsea. The 19-year-old is the fourth option in central midfield and is in danger of missing a place in Scotland’s squad for Euro 2020. Excellent performances from N’Golo Kanté, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic make it difficult for Gilmour, Denied a loan move by Tuchel in January, to build momentum. His lack of sharpness was a problem in Chelsea’s victory over Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Although Gilmour had a good first half after being given his second start with Tuchel, he faced challenges and used the ball wisely, getting tired in the second half and was substituted when Chelsea lost control of midfield. It could be a while before Gilmour, who missed the start of the season with a knee injury, gets another chance to impress Scotland coach Steve Clarke. Jacob steinberg

5) Brighton and Newcastle are leagues apart

The gap between Brighton and Newcastle on the table was just one point before kick-off, but Saturday’s match showed that the distance between them in quality is as wide as a cannon. Steve Bruce’s men were barely able to escape their own half for much of the contest, registering just one shot on target and creating very little in a toothless performance that came just when they desperately needed to show some determination. With a difficult roster ahead, it will only raise more questions about Bruce’s ability to keep them ahead of Fulham and in the league. Brighton, after a campaign defined by a chronic lack of composure in front of goal, stepped up with three brilliant finishes and outstanding performances from Leandro Trossard and Danny Welbeck. Now they can look at their encounter with renewed confidence. Tumaini carayol

6) Van de Beek struggling to make an impression

Donny van de Beek remains an enigmatic man for Manchester United. Maybe. Cup competitions have provided opportunities to prove that he is an alternative to Bruno Fernandes, but Leicester was evidence that the Dutchman has a significant distance to go. Like several Eredivisie graduates, he has had trouble adjusting to the rhythm of English football, and a combination of him in United midfield with Pogba playing to the left of the attack seemed to be too many players whose ball retention could not. be guaranteed. Van de Beek’s take on positions is smart, his move to Mason Greenwood’s goal was well-executed, but his lack of either Marcus Rashford’s raw pace or Fernandes enthusiasm means he’s nowhere near the killer United requires. And his pressure was slow, often resembling a geriatric Paul Scholes, but with none of the notorious bite of the United legend. His removal in the 62nd minute came as no surprise. John brewin

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7) Walker-Peters, another England option as a right back

It’s probably too late for Kyle Walker-Peters to push his case for a spot on the England team this summer, but in a week where Trent Alexander-Arnold’s omission caused consternation at Anfield and beyond, Gareth Southgate has proven that takes shape. seriously when it comes to laterals. England are well-equipped as a right-back, with Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker leading the way, and last week Southgate named Luke Ayling and Matty Cash as others who have drawn attention. Since arriving from Tottenham for £ 12 last August, Walker-Peters has been a revelation, perhaps Southampton’s standout player this season, and his loitering careers left Bournemouth in a spin on Saturday. They are not the first opponents to suffer and Walker-Peters’ explosive pace, good first touch and a nose for danger may give Southgate another name to consider. Ben fisher

Patrick Bamford put his disappointment with England behind him with a winning showing in Fulham on Friday.
Patrick Bamford put his disappointment with England behind him with a winning showing in Fulham on Friday. Photograph: Andy Rain / EPA

8) Bamford and Leeds look at home in the top flight

It went largely unnoticed given the fallout for Fulham’s relegation fight, but Leeds effectively secured another season of top football with Friday night’s win at Craven Cottage. They have 39 points with nine games to play and were never seriously in the relegation box. Having reached this account with such a cushion speaks volumes about how well Marcelo Bielsa and his players have done in their first season back. The manner of his victory against Fulham summed up one of his greatest strengths: drawing generally well-trained opponents into an intense, end-to-end pinball match and simply overwhelming them. They could have won by a couple more and it was a particularly satisfying night for Patrick Bamford, who scored one and set up another to bury any disappointment at missing the England squad. His 14-goal streak in the league is exceptional and it will be fascinating to see how he and Leeds progress from here. Nick ames

9) Celtic must move fast to start their revolution.

The scale of the turmoil that Celtic’s next manager will preside over resonates with the number of players starting against the Rangers and it is unlikely that they will still be around when the new season begins. Jonjoe Kenny, Diego Laxalt and Mohamed Elyounoussi are on loan. Odsonne Édouard, Ryan Christie and Kristoffer Ajer have just over a year left on their contracts. Captain Scott Brown could be tempted by a role in Aberdeen’s next managerial setup, while updates from Scott Bain and Stephen Welsh are desirable. It’s entirely possible that only Callum McGregor and David Turnbull from Sunday’s starting eleven are present for the 2021-22 revolution. Celtic may insist they take the time to appoint the right manager, but time is running out on a number of staffing issues that require urgent attention. Ewan murray

A look back at the career highlights of Peter Lorimer - video obituary
A look back at the career highlights of Peter Lorimer – video obituary

10) Montemurro’s gunners may have turned the corner

Does the outcome of a game have the power to change the fortunes of a team? Occasionally, and Arsenal’s 2-0 home loss to Manchester United could do just that. They have won their last five games against middle opponents and, barring one exceptional change in goal difference, Joe Montemurro’s team will secure a place in the first round of next season’s Champions League. With Arsenal struggling to keep up with Manchester City and Chelsea spending domestically, European competition is increasingly important. The prize money is rising and with the announcement of the WSL broadcast deal imminent, clubs will start to see some reward for their commitment, in due course with the questioning of Arsenal. The implications are not so great for United, who are only playing their third season. However, Casey Stoney’s team is ahead of schedule and in Lauren James, they have a 19-year-old star who will be directing the show soon enough. Suzanne Wrack


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